Fiji's beauty has been well-documented, with its white sand beaches, towering waves, and sun-kissed islands. Not surprisingly, the country has served as a setting of choice for Hollywood films depicting a slice of Eden on Earth. Perhaps the most famous of them are Castaway (starring the famous actor Tom Hanks) and The Blue Lagoon (the claim to fame of actress Brooke Shields). As such, the archipelago has also captured the imagination of many tourists, who have been coming to the country in the hundreds of thousands for decades.
Its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, isolated from metropolis-dominated countries, has only added to Fiji's allure. Thus, it has become a staple among backpackers and tourists looking for a haven away from the busy city life. That said, Fiji is not an undeveloped land. In fact, its capital, Suva, buzzes with nightlife and fine dining, and the country is one of the most prosperous among the Pacific Islands.
Soft Corals and Alabaster Beaches
Fiji's main attraction, without a doubt, is its immense natural beauty. Composed of 322 islands, the country is a paradise for the beach junkies, as well as adventure enthusiasts. It has approximately 1,129 kilometers of coastlines, which are just ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Canoeing and kayaking are also at a premium here, especially when navigating the mangrove-lined corridors separating most of its islands.
The archipelago is often dubbed as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World” - a well-justified claim given Fiji's collection of mostly untouched coral reefs. As such, diving and snorkeling are popular tourist activities, especially at Kadavu, Yasawas, and Taveuni, where the underwater scenery is simply breathtaking. The highlight for the adrenaline junkies, however, is surfing the world-famous “Cloudbreak” waves, which are at their roughest best at Taveuni and Mamanucas.
Meet the Friendliest People on Earth
Fijians are described as some of the friendliest people in the world. In fact, many claim that the country's best asset is not really its natural beauty, but the genuine smiles that trace the face of locals and greet tourists. The word “bula” or hello, welcomes the ears of arriving tourists - all the more reason to immerse oneself in the country's unique culture and traditions.
Fiji is truly a diverse country, and it shows as such in its colorful festivals which have been inspired by Hindu, Catholic, and indigenous beliefs. Examples that stand out are the Holi, Diwali, Hibiscus, Sugar, and Bula festivals. Visitors can also better immerse themselves in unique culture at ethnic villages in sites like Kadavu and Lao.
Fiji Traveler Advice
Ta Marija Restaurant
In «Ta 'Marija», located in the center of the village Mosta you’ll be amazed by the welcoming atmosphere created thanks to the traditional setting of talented entertainers and warm ones. Every Wednesday and Friday after the Auto Reviews and Auto Shows that are shown in the TV, customers are invited to sing accompanied by mandolin and guitar, traditional and popular songs ... Read full Blog post
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post